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. obama the underdog versus romney the ascent dant is the dominant narrative on the trail. >> patrol this in my voice is getting hoarse. have to keep on keeping on. >> we're going to win november 6th. >> we're going to pull an all-nighter. no sleep. >> we've had a number of debates lately. you know they have really propelled our campaign. >> i believe in you. i need you to keep believing in me. >> the obama campaign is slipping. and shrinking. >> we always knew this was going to be a close race from the start. folks in your business were writing me off a year ago, saying there's no way i would win. >> if i'm elected -- no, when i'm elected -- >> i've come to ask you for your vote. >> i'm optimistic, not just about winning, we are going to win, by the way. >> don't boo. vote! vote! >> the obama campaign is also out with this new ad showing consequences of staying at home. >> 537, the number of votes that changed the course of american history. >> florida is too close to call. >> the difference between what was and what could have been. so this year, if you're thinking that your vote d
. right now president obama on the ground in virginia. within the hour he's in chicago to vote early in his hometown, and earlier while in tampa the president again went after the gop over richard mourdock's remark that pregnancy from rate is, quote, something got intended. >> as we saw again this week, i don't think any politician in washington, most of whom are male, should be making health care decisions for women. >> and mitt romney is campaigning all day in ohio hitting cincinnati this morning and columbus in the next hour. >> our campaign is about big things, because we happen to believe that america faces big challenges. we recognize this is a year with a big choice, and the americans want to see big changes and i'm going to bring it to this country. >> and ohio is exactly where the big number worth watching today is focused. "time" magazine has the president up by five points in the buckeye state. when you look at women voters in ohio, president obama is up by 19 points. in early voting president obama has a 2-1 advantage over governor romney in early voting. msnbc's joe scar
the chips on barack obama last time around. >>> mo cocco is in the house. why are we telling nuns they can't vote? >>> dysfunction is bigger than elections. it's what washington elected not to do that costs families next year. are they right this time? >>> all that plus the electoral college. what's up with that? >>> t-minus 13 days and the candidates in a fight to the fin initial in the state that is matter most. the president racking up the miles on air force one hitting seven states in two days. >> this is the first stop on our 48-hour fly around campaign marathon extravaganza. we're going to pull an all-nighter. no sleep. we're starting here in iowa. we're going to colorado. then we're going to go to nevada. then we're going to florida, virginia, ohio. i am going to stop in chicago to vote. >> and right now, mitt romney is speaking in nevada. he and paul ryan focusing there hoping to sweet the spot of 270 electoral votes. ohio is the key to that math with 18 votes on its own. more money has been spent on ads in the buckeye state than any other. $177 million worth so far. did it help an
'll lose. >> with just 14 days until the election, president obama began the day campaigning in florida and then flew to ohio where he tried to reinforce the obama message in last night's debate. >> america needs leadership that is strong and steady. unfortunately governor romney's foreign policy has been wrong and reckless. you heard him last night. during the debate he said he didn't want more troops in iraq, but he was caught on a video just a few months ago saying it was unthinkable not to leave 20,000 troops in iraq. >> and here is that caught-on-video moment that president obama is referring to. >> this president's failure to put in place an agreement to allowing troops to stay in iraq. unthinkable. >> dr. obama thinks he saw more symptoms of romnesia last night. you wrote an article titled "let detroit go bankrupt." you definitely have a case of romnesia. there's a cure, but you've got to vote to make sure that the medicine is there for romnesia. >> vice president joe biden is still humble enough to admit that last night's debate left him confused. >> last night you saw governor
's been a rough month for obama here. the last debate romney completely bungled the libya attack. >> two missteps, one was coming out too early. >> we processed and moved on from. he had a two minute time to really hit the president on this and instead he was talking about israel and about being a strong horse in the middle east. he really screwed it up. it will be interesting to see whether he learns from his mistake and actually comes up with a coaching critique including coming back at the president when the president plays the how dare you accuse me of politicizing this card. >> it does seem to me, erin in the first debate mitt romney did very well in that people found him much more likeable. they could see him as a commander-in-chief. there was a lot of push back after the second debate that maybe and he was little rude, a little pushy, maybe a little too tough. does he have to sort of find a middle ground tonight? >> he probably does, i would say so. romney is still trying to pass the commander-in-chief test. i think the president will probably say that mitt romney is using preside
's an endorsement based on issues or whether he has a slightly different reason for supporting president obama. >> colin powell's former chief of staff on sununu's charge. >>> and michael eric dyson on racism as a campaign tactic in the year 2012. >>> plus righties are freaking out, calling the obama campaign satanic over this ad. >> super uncool to be out and about, i wasn't ready. >> and lives hang in the balance if obama care gets repealed. pearl jam guitarist mike mccready is standing up for people with preexisting conditions and he joins "the ed show" tonight. >> thanks for watching. all eyes are on ohio in the final weeks of the 2012 election. the romney campaign hit a sour note last night at a rally in the buckeye state. ♪ >> actually, the note mitt romney hit was a heck of a lot worse than that. the republican normminee out of nowhere told a crowd of supporters some unexpected information about auto jobs in nearby toledo, ohio. saw a story today of one of the great manufacturers of the state, jeep, now owned by italians is thinking of moving all production to china. i will fight for
on including questions about the support of bill clinton has been a good thing for president obama in this campaign? plus, the president on leno, addressing donald trump, describing their childhood together in kenya. that clip a little later in the show. >>> first, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. we begin with 12 days and counting in race to elect our next president. a new "time" magazine poll in ohio, some people say it all comes down to this state, showing the president leading by five points, 49%-44% among likely voter. big advantage for president obama has to do with early voters. among those who have already cast their ballots, obama leading romney by 60% to 30%, according to "time" magazine's poll. those who have yet to decide, though, 45%-45% in this same poll. today mitt romney's scheduled to make no fewer than three stops in ohio. last night in iowa, another battleground states, 2300 supporters packed an airplane han hangar as he claimed his campaign had all the momentum. >> the obama campaign is slipping because it can't find an agenda
romney borrowed a page from president obama's 2008 playbook calling himself the candidate of change. >> this is a time when america faces big challenges. we have a big election and we want a president who will actually bring big changes and i will and he won't. >> hello, everybody. hello. so exciting. >> getting out the vote, president obama in chicago to cast his early ballot and encourage voters to do the same. >> all across the country we're seeing a lot of early voting. it means you don't have to, you know, figure out whether you need to take time off work, figure out how to pick up the kids, and still cast your ballot. if something happens on election day. >> and don't be late, first lady michele obama shares her unique strategy for getting people to the polls with jimmy kimmel. >> election day, election day. up and adam. let's go. it's election day. come on, let's go. get your shoes on. up up. >> all right. okay. >> time to vote. you can do it. >> okay. i'm going. >> out the door, out the door. >> and eat some carrots. >> in truth that's not a bad method. i'm chris cizilla liv
the welfare vote which, by the way, he called barack obama's political base. nice work, guys. real american of you. and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. i'm live tonight in atlanta. there are 11 days until election day and here is where the polls stand. president obama is polling at 50.2 of the national vote while governor romney gets 39%. the tim 49%. the president would win 294 electoral votes if the election were today, romney would get 244 electoral votes. 270 are needed to win the white house. and as of tonight, 10.2 million people have already voted. that includes nearly a million people just in ohio alone. more on that later. but we start with tonight's lead. race to the bottom. today the romney campaign is refusing to apologize for john sununu. >> when you take a look at colin powell, you have to wonder whether that's an endorsement based on issues or whether he's got a slightly different reason for preferring president obama. >> what reason would that snb. >>
president obama is in new hampshire. he is scheduled to speak within the next few minutes. paul ryan about to make the third stop of the day in ohio. he is going to take the stage in circleville any time now. we will go live to both those events coming up. first though, some breaking news from florida. the romney campaign announcing just moments ago that they are rescheduling all of mitt romney's virginia events for tomorrow. the gop nominee will instead travel to ohio. all this because of the impending impact of hurricane sandy. we of course are tracking sandy. progress up the east coast. nbc's meteorologist dylan drier in the msnbc studios in new york. ton trung in delaware. we just got the latest advisory from the hurricane center. what can you tell us. >> nothing has changed. this still indicates the storm is a category 1 hurricane and very far out to sea, but still just as huge as it has been. that's why we are still dealing with some potential for stronger wind gusts and decent rain along the coast of south carolina and north carolina. north eastern north carolina and south eastern s
. is yours one of them? >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. after the third debate between president obama and republican nominee mitt romney, there are just 14 days left before american voters choose their next president. according to a cbs news instant polls on uncommitted voters, president obama was a clear 2-1 victor with 53% saying he won. governor romney got 23%. 24% called it a tie. a cnn orc international poll called the debate closer, with 48% saying obama won while 40% picked obama. for more we go to nbc's steve handlesman who's in florida for us. steve, good morning. >> reporter: hi, lynn. thanks. good morning from boca raton, florida. the debate here last night was clearly the most combative so far. though surprising to some, not on the issue of libya. mitt romney was able to make his larger point, his claim that america is weaker now overseas than it was four years ago. mitt romney and barack obama came to their third and final debate tied in national polls, but their tv audience seemed sure to be smaller. baseball's national league playoffs and monday night football got milli
i think he deserves another shot at this. barack obama, we are i think of time here on this thing. can you hang around and help me finish this? >> sure. >> and we'll post online the results of how we finish this? >> absolutely. >> because we're not going to finish this on this show. okay, so for example, the condoms on porn sets proposition. >> i don't know a great deal about that. >> no? >> it sounds like the right thing to me. >>> good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show" live from minneapolis tonight. 11 days until the 2012 election. mitt romney tells his biggest lie to date. you won't believe this one. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> i saw a story today, that one of the great manufacturers of this state, jeep, now owned by the italians is thinking of moving all production to china. >> mitt romney unleashes a perfect storm of lies trying to fool buckeye state voters. former ohio governor ted strickland and congressman tim ryan are here with the truth. >> when you take a look at colin powell, i don't have you to wonder whether that's an endorsement based on
. there are only a few states left on the playing field. this morning president obama got a high five and a big hug from scott, the one who bear hugged the president last month. >> we had a severe outbreak last night. it was at least stage three romnesia. i just want to go over some of the symptoms because i want to make sure nobody in the surrounding area catches it. if you say that you love american cars during a debate but you wrote an article titled "let detroit go bankrupt," you might have romnesia. if you talk about how much you love teachers during a debate, but said just a few weeks ago that we shouldn't hire anymore because they won't grow the economy, what do you have? >> romnesia. >> the president is fired up, but it's not all fun and games. the president and vice president told a crowd in ohio mitt romney's flip-flops are deadly serious. >> we joke about governor romney being all over the map, but it speaks to something important. it speaks of trust. there's no more serious issue in a presidential campaign than trust. trust matters. >> president obama has been raising the trust question
, you can't get away from the blundering foreign policy of mitt romney. >> obama was asked about what seemed like confusion at the attack. let's watch here. >> the procession seems to be that the state was on a different page than you. and there is a video and it could have been a part of that and other people were -- >> the truth is that information comes in. >> uh-huh. >> and folks put it out throughout the process. people say it's still incomplete. we're going to do an investigation and figure out exactly what happened. >> i saw susan rice, the ambassador to the united nations on meet the press several weeks back in explaining what happened, a wonderful person a. terrible loss, and she seemed heartfelt and honest and clear. based upon a most recent report by a nation that has tremendous resources in the intelligence community, what's this romney thing about deception? and the intelligence community is telling everybody involved in the process, including the very same thing that they are telling the american people at this time, it's important to understand, the administration got i
♪ >>> hi, everybody. good morning. topping the agenda, the final offensive. president obama launching a full-scale all-out campaign push after debating mitt romney. starting tomorrow, the president begins a two-day six-state barn storm. he tried to build on the debate again, criticizing governor romney for moves to the middle. >> we've come up with a name for this condition. it's called romnesia. we had a severe outbreak last night. it was at least stage three romnesia. >> but the strategy last night, stay strong, sharp and relentless. the commander in chief brought a bayonet to a foreign policy knife fight. >> your strategy previously has been one that's been all over the map. i know you haven't been in a position to actually execute foreign policy. you mentioned the navy for example and we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. governor, we have fewer horses and bayonets. the question is not a game of battleship where we're counting ships. it is what are our capables? >> those were cheap shots that he took at mitt romney last night. i think you should treat your opponent wi
decisions. >> president obama has a consistent message on this topic. when congressman todd akin made his legitimate rape comments back in august, the president denounced them in a similar way. >> let me first of all say the views expressed were offensive. rape is rape. and the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we're talking about doesn't make sense to the american people. >> consistency and trust are key messages in the closing days of the 2012 election. president obama wants people to know that they can believe what he says, unlike his opponent. >> you want to know that whoever's in the oval office is going to fight for you. you want to know that they're not just going to take the politically expedient path. and you know what? you know me. you know i say what i mean and i mean what i say. >> you don't need to wonder where president obama stands on the akin or mourdock comments. the same cannot be said for mitt romney. romney said he still supports the senate candidate, and only says he disagrees with mourdock's position. today reporters asked r
, nevada, colorado. president obama continues to attack mitt romney for his changing positions with his new favorite word, romnesia. designed to fire up his base. >> we can fix you up. there's a cure. there's a cure. there's a cure, but you got to vote to make sure that the medicine is there forumnesia. >> but it's mitt romney who claims to have the momentum. >> and these debates have supercharged our campaign. there's no question about it. we're seeing more and more enthusiasm, more and more support. we haven't heard an agenda from the president. that's why his campaign is taking on water and our campaign is full speed ahead. >> let me bringing in ron fournier, editor-in-chief of the national journal and nia malik cag henderson political reporter at "the washington post." you know, mitt romney's big criticism that will president obama doesn't have a plan, so to answer that, the president released that glossy pamphlet we've been reading about it, he's using it on the campaign trail. >> i've laid out a plan for jobs and middle class security. unlike mitt romney, i'm proud to talk about what'
in the president's column. that's actually a slight uptick for mr. obama from last month, mika. we should note this polling was conducted after the third and final debate. >> and if there was any doubt about romney's momentum, look at what happened in virginia. a new fox news poll shows romney now leading by two points. last month the same poll had obama up seven. and in the abc/"washington post" daily tracking poll of likely voters, romney has taken a three-point lead, 50%-47%. on monday, the president was leading 49%-48%. and on the economy when asked who voters trust more on that issue, romney now has a sizeable nine-point lead. >> so you look at these national polls, mika, abc news/"washington post" poll showing a four-point lead in the national poll. this week. a four-point swing in the national poll. gallup, of course, has had mitt romney ahead i think way too much over the past week or two. sometimes five, six points. and in the national poll, it really does seem -- if you take all the polls, it really does seem like mitt romney is moving away from barack obama. and yet you go to these
for chuck todd. >>> foreign exchange, third debate between president obama and mitt romney. packed a punch. the biggest bellwether of the night might be a back and forth, not over the middle east, china or europe but ohio. a battle over the buckeye state was one of the few topics that pushed romney to engage the president and ohio's one of seven battleground states. we'll show you where you'll see the candidates nonstop. one state not on the list anymore, nevada. find out why the silver state may be gold for the president's electoral vote. good morning from lynn university in boca raton, florida. two weeks until election day. let me repeat, it's two weeks until election day, and also october 23, 2012, this is "the daily rundown" and i'm chucked to. let's get to first reads. the third and final debate between president obama and mitt romney was a study in contrast. but it wasn't contrast on the debate itself. an aggressive president acting like a candidate with more to prove and a risk averse romney playing prevent defense, aiming to do no harm. president gamed arm with zingers trying to di
hammered away at president obama for not being tough on china. not the way that he mitt romney would be tough on china. but the company mr. romney chose for his backdrop that day, the company that he chose to implicitly help make that case so happened to be a poster child for success by president obama in getting tough on china. in 2009 in the first months of president obama's presidency, american spring wire joined with two other makers to ask for help. china was unfairly dumping steel wire in the united states market at artificial low prices. they asked for help. the commerce department said they would investigate and the commerce department did move to protect american spring wire. they cracked down on china for dumping their underpriced product. thus the company was benefitted. they got the help they wanted. a company that was then used as a backdrop for mitt romney saying president obama had not been tough on china. today mr. romney gave a major address on economic policy. this is part of his closing argument for the presidency. he delivered the speech at a company called kinsle
assumed he wouldn't be appearing like he was the incumbent and obama would act as the challenger. as i slept on and talk to republican strategists today, i think they think they're ahead. he was like someone ahead trying to do no harm, and i think he accomplished what he set out to do, which was establish that he had a presidential temperament and stature to be commander in chief, which the early reaction showed. fair-minded observers would say he hit that mark. he also wanted to take away the ability of the president in his closing arguments these next two weeks to cast romney as a warmonger, and i think he did that. i'm told they wanted to not scare women and turn it to the economy whenever they could, and he did all that. so i'm actually from obama's point of view very anxious a day after. it also suggests that kind of prevent/defend strategy shows how confident they were last night. >> matt, does romney seem competent as command ner chief when he continually is hugging the president's positions and saying i agree, i agree, i agree and i was no substantive critique of your foreign p
to his vest, and decided to make his endorsement in the presidential race between barack obama and john mccain that year, colin powell choosing obama for his endorsement was pretty much the last thing in the world the mccain campaign needed to hear. at that point, they were already becoming a really evident long shot. the race was starting to increasingly look like it wasn't even going to be close. and the colin powell endorsement just took the wind out of the mccain campaign's sails. john mccain responded to the endorsement that same day by going on fox news and sighing that, well, it wasn't all that much of a surprise. he at least, though, was able to say even if he did not have colin powell's endorsement, he did have endorsements from some other former republican secretaries of state. so at least he had those names to offer for counterbalance. the romney campaign's counterbalance tonight to them losing the colin powell endorsement this year is a whole different kind of counterbalance. >> you want to call me crazy, go to hell. call me crazy all you want. >> this morning, on cbs, repub
the biggest mistake he, meaning president obama has made in afghanistan was announcing the specific date that he would withdraw. he said this president has done an extraordinary thing he announced the date of our withdrawal. that was wrong. mr. romney today just flat out reversing his previous rejection to there being a withdrawal date from afghanistan, as he very tightly hugged president obama on everything from drones to egypt to syria to a number of other matters tonight on which there was less disagreement than we might have expected before the debate. chris matthews? what's your take? >> let me take my favorite role for a minute, my role of critic. you think about the united states. let's talk about our country instead of the middle east and israel that was focused on far too much. let's focus on the united states. nothing about the drug trade coming through latin-america which is the greatest threat to our culture in many ways. the failure of european finance, which is always hanging over us every day. we get new stock market worries about europe, no discussion whatever of europe,
shows president obama and mitt romney tied neck and neck at 47%, making this the first time in history that team romney is excited to actually talk about the 47%. it's monday, october 22nd and this is "now." >>> joining me today, msnbc political analyst and executive editor of msnbc.com, our favorite import from the united kingdom, richard wolffe. and former dnc communications director and msnbc political analyst, the lovely karen finney. all even with one to go. the new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll finds president obama and governor romney are tied among likely voters at 47%. as the two candidates head into their final debate tonight. last month, the president led by five points. at this point in 2004, president bush and senator john kerry were also all tied up. will this election end up favoring the incumbent as it did in 2004? this latest poll shows both candidates have paths to victory. governor romney has made demographic inroads. the president's lead among women is down to the lowest it has been this cycle and governor romney holds a ten-point lead among men. the president
policy debate. this morning, the campaign handed out a 20-page booklet to reporters outlining an obama second term agenda and here's the ad they made to go with it. >> we're not there yet but we've made real progress and the last thing we should do is turn back now. here's my plan for the next four years. making education and training a national priority. building on our manufacturing goal. boosting american made energy. reducing the deficits responsibly by cutting where we can and asking the wealthy to pay a little more. >> last night, the president was certainly aggressive. romney may have played it safe but made no major mistakes and his supporters also declared victory. analysts point out there's agreement on many key issues. on style, the president with zingers an pulled out the most quoted one when romney mentioned the navy. >> our navy is smaller now than any time since 1917. >> i think governor romney maybe hasn't spent time looking at how the military works. you mentioned navy, for example. fewer ships than in 1916. governor, we fewer horses than bayonets because the nature of
the following. mitt romney has to try to expose barack obama on the issue of libya. he has to try and raise questions about barack obama's policies in the middle east, and try to implement in voters' minds perhaps this guy who takes all this creditor killing osama bin laden, though it was honorable and great in american history. what has he done there? he mismanaged it. barack obama is going to say i'm the only person up here to be commander in chief. i've dealt with it for four years. not only did i kill osama bin laden but understand the real risks. my opponents said russia is the number one geo political foe. everyone says the president has to make that argument about russia and bring up mitt romney's trip to london that didn't go so well. the most interesting thing tonight toushgs re, look at the issue of china and their currency manipulation. sthaets something mitt romney has spoken about frequently. interesting enough republicans that i've spoken to and folks close to gop leadership. they acknowledge that mitt romney's china's plan goes against things they went on the house floor. joh
obama wrapped up a 48-hour, 8-state battleground blitz in cleveland late last night and with a hoarse voice went after a message he's been dealing all week long. romney's trustworthiness. >> trust matters. you know what, ohio, after all these years, you now know me. you know that i mean what i say. >> and almost the exactly same moment 150 mys west mitt romney took the starj in one of the great names in battleground politics, defiance, ohio, and he borrowed a page from the president's 2008 page book calling himself the president of change. >> this is a time when america faces big challenges. we have a big election and we want a president who will actually bring big changes and i will and he won't. >> well, we know ohio has been the ultimate bellwether in presidential elections for the last 50 years and the president's been putting a big emphasis on early voting both here and in other battleground states which is why he decided to be the first president, well, early vote and dit yesterday in chicago. >> we need some i.d. >> oh, no. >> i got my driver's license here. >> yes, by law even
president obama is the poll giapologist a weak commander in chief. what i found stunning last night, tamron, time and again, syria, egypt, afghanistan, bin laden, so many different things, the drones, it was governor romney saying me, too. there was no daylight between them. that is not the mitt romney that captured the gop nomination. >> lois, i said smooth or rough move because this is all last night, at least a lot of the analysis this morning is point of view. it's one of those things of what did you want to see? you have conservatives and republicans that said governor romney did a great job. they don't see any deception or any malpractice, if you will, political malpractice in the transition he's made when you look at the columns and op-eds from democrats. they say governor romney was weak and did not have a game to bring on foreign policy. are we simply at the point no matter what happened at that debate last night, you have the pundits and writers who have their story line and point of view, and that's what we see for the next 14 days? >> i think there's really something to that. ev
talked to people in the romney campaign and the obama campaign. the romney campaign says hey our candidate distanced himself from richard mourdock. the democrats are saying first of all the ads are still up. >> he's still endorsing that guy. >> secondly the key in several states, chris, are independent women voters and they say in surveys abortion is their number one issue so this is going to play right at those people in colorado, new hampshire, virginia and so forth. >> they're in bed with the far right. >> he's saying he wants bipartisanship and if he's saying he's a moderate, being in bed with richard mourdock doesn't strengthen his argument. >> people on the far right are saying what they want and this guy is in bed with him. the president's spokeswoman said "the president felt those comments were outrageous and demeaning to women." she said he found it perplexing the ads haven't come down. already the democratic national committee has a web video linking romney and mourdock. let's listen to part of that ad. >> this fall i'm supporting richard mourdock for senate. >> even wh
bar. so the obama campaign has managed to move >>> disrespecting women, deriding minorities, let's play "hardball." good evening, i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this, women of america beware. there's a crowd out there that doesn't believe in you. you go through the terror of rape and they question your word, they say you better have that baby or you're going to jail. check the republican platform that came out of tampa, 14th amendment rights to the fertilized human egg. what about the woman's rights you might ask? personhood for the unborn from conception, what about the woman's right to control her personhood. now a close romney ally in indiana put out word he would criminalize abortion even if the woman was raped. it's headed for the white house, people were scoffed when rick santorum pushed the contraception and now republicans are pushing a measure to let bosses deny coverage for birth control simply by saying they don't believe in it. bosses get to decide, all this from a party that wants to dismember medicare, erase health care and kill the effo
uptick for president obama from last month. this was conducted after the final debate. we're already seeing the impact of the final debate. and look what's happening in virginia. a new fox poll shows romney leading by two points. last month this same poll had barack obama up seven points. this is where it gets interesting. in the national poll, they have romney up. and "the washington post" of likely voters have mitt romney taking a three-point lead. 50% to 47%. on monday the president was leading 49% to 48%. and on the economy, mitt romney now is holding a sizable nine-point lead. >> 160 miles separated the two candidates last night holding dualing rallies in the state of ohio. in the town of defiance, romney was welcomed to a packed football field full of 12,000 supporters. >> that's not all. you know who was there. the meat. >> i parentally he picked up an endorsement from meat loaf. >> that's huge. >> romney hit on a familiar theme. he's turned around from obama's 2008 campaign promising big change. >> this is a time when america faces big challenges. we have a big election. and
questions. nevertheless, lindsey graham was on earlier today going after the cia now as well as the obama administration. he painted a picture of libya in chaos, this dire situation. my colleague chuck todd played a sound clip from john mccain in july. this is how senator mccain described libya at the time. let me play it. >> i was there for their election, and you know how many people i met who had their sons or husbands, their fathers, their family members slaughtered by omgadhafi? to say libya is a failure, actually it's a great success. >> a great success in july. today some say ilgts a talking foint for republicans who want to attack the president and politicize what happens there as a result of the four deaths, tragic deaths of the americans on the front line of diplomacy. chip. >> a lot changes in foreign policy in a week, not to mention a couple of months. today i think libya is in chaos, and what we've seen is the president and administration changed on what it was. at first it was a video and then an act of terror. we know there's investigations, and that's what the question is.
seemed like an advantage for president obama is a toss-up tussle. also a toss-up, the race itself. it's about 47%. no, not that 47% comment. literally. 47% for each candidate among likely voters in our new nbc news "wall street journal" poll what will happen tonight to move those numbers with just 15 days left. the sprint is on. >>> and here in florida, affairs isn't just about the middle east and china. it's about that country 90 miles away. how much will cuba be an issue that puts one candidate over the top in the sunshine state? we have it covered this morning from lynn university in boca raton. it's monday, october 22nd, 2012. this is "the daily rundown," i'm chuck todd. we've got a ton to get to. let me get right to my first reads of the morning. with just hours left until tonight's final debate, our new nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows how competitive this race has become. an important slice of undecided voters still are not persuaded to rehire the president. but also not convinced, it seems, he needs to be fired. will anything tonight help these folks decide? well, the
, thomas hoveling, mitt romney, gary johnson, barack obama. oh. we're doing a tv show. there's minutes left in my life as an undecided voter. got my california ballot right here. it's early voting night here on "the last word." and this thing. this california ballot is so complicated. i've got like, i don't know. 14 pieces of legislation in here that i have to vote on, and i understand maybe two of them. so i have flown in a california governor to help me with this. a former california governor is going to have to do this work for me. early voting night on "the last word." >> we are just 11 days out from the election. >> with 11 days left in this campaign. >> 11 days left. >> mitt romney's latest description of himself. >> running on a message of change. >> what this requires is change. big change. change, change, change. change. change. change. >> leave me alone i don't have the change. >> not change. it's just bush. >> there's not much there. >> he'll speck to giving speeches like he did today. >> what this requires is change. >> can you really trust mitt romney? >> trust matters. >> trus
will be joining us at 7:30 a.m. from delaware. >>> front page politics now. new this morning, president obama in his weekly address emphasizing the progress made four years after the wall street crisis. >> businesses have added more than 5 million new jobs, the unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest level since i took office. home values are rising again. and our assembly lines are humming once more. >> meantime, president obama says he wants to work with congressional republicans to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that would trigger tax hikes and spending cuts. two short months from now. >>> so, also new this morning, we have president obama picking up another endorsement, though not unexpected. this one coming from the chicago tribune. mitt romney and paul ryan made a joint appearance last night in the battleground state of ohio. >> not just picking a president for four years, we're picking what kind of country we're going to be. what kind of people we're going to be. what kind of country we're going to give to our kids. >> we want real change. we want big change. and paul ryan and i a
stands. the poll tracker national average shows president obama now in the lead. getting 47.8% of the popular vote. mitt romney has 46.9% the new york times 538 blog says if the election were held today, the president would win 291 electoral votes. mitt romney would get 247. 270 are needed to win the white house. 538 says the president has a 71% chance of winning. romney has a 29% chance. and as of tonight, 7.7 million people have already voted and that includes the president who cast his own ballot today in chicago. we'll have much more on the early voting later on in the show. but we start with tonight's lead. mitt romney's mourdock mess. senate candidate richard mourdock's god intended rape comments are now threatening to undermine mitt romney's careful effort to appeal to voters as moderate mitt. desperate to hide the extreme republican positions on women's health, romney is just wishing and hoping this will all go away. but someone forgot to tell the press corps this morning in ohio. >> governor, do you wish senator mourdock would pull that ad? >> thank you. have a good
've been saying up until a couple of weeks ago probably obama by a few points. now i have absolutely no idea. >> 40% is not a great number for a president a couple weeks before election day. >> in the last few months there's a lacking narrative, absence after clear vision where we go. >> let's get straight to it. joining me is sean spicer. sean, good to have you here. tonight's debate will be broken into six separate sections, moderated by bob schieffer. each focusing on a foreign policy hot spot. we want to drill down on some of these. the contrast between the governor and president. first we want to start with libya because there's a new report out today from the "wall street journal" that supports what the white house said about the intelligence briefing. here's what stephanie cutter from the obama campaign said about libya today on "morning joe." >> mitt romney on the day of that tragedy when he came out and shot from this and before he had any facts blamed the united states. so, blamed the president. >> so sean, a president romney would presumably have been given this same infor
days until election day. here's where this race stands. a new nbc poll shows president obama and mitt romney tied at 47% among likely voters. this is a dead heat. but the president is leading in the likely electoral count. the new yoknew yor york times b shows that the president has 288 compared to 2508 for mitt romney. 270 are needed to win the election. the times blog gives president obama a 67% chance of winning the election versus a 32% chance for mitt romney. so far, 4.4 million americans have already cast their votes, absentee ballots, or early votings have been used. later in this show, we'll have much more on what those early voting numbers mean and on the republican efforts to keep democratic votes down. but we start with tonight's lead. mitt romney's playing politics with foreign policy. tonight's debate topic is foreign policy, an area where the president has proven himself time and time again. it's a different story for governor romney. he stumbled on international affairs throughout this campaign. and he has shown an unsteady hand on the tragedy in libya. unsteady and hig
to vesicare.com for a free trial offer. and president obama and governor romney did engage in quite a few sharp exchanges, including libya and syria and iran and this exchange right off the top on al qaeda. >> we're going to have to recognize that we have to do as the president has done. i congratulate him on taking out osama bin laden and going after the leadership in al qaeda but we can't kill our way out of this mess. >> governor romney, i'm glad thaw recognize that al qaeda is a threat. you said the biggest threat was russia, not al qaeda. you know, the cold war's been over for 20 years. >> attacking me is not an agenda. attacking me is not talking about how we're going to deal with the challenges that exist in the middle east and take advantage of the opportunity there and stem the tide of this violence. >> on three separate occasions tonight, president obama described mr. romney's approach to foreign policy as all over the map. he used that phrase repeatedly. the third time he made that reference president obama went on an extended rift about him. >> on a whole range of issues, whet
in -- on full display particularly in the last few days that president obama will end up with a double digit lead among women -- >> if these views are so extreme though -- congresswoman if these views are so extreme, why is there a tightening? why wouldn't the president just be storming away? >> well, we've known that this was going to be a tight election all the way through and we've been in the process of standing up most significant, largest grassroots presidential campaign in history, the contrast between president obama and mitt romney on women's issues in particular, on women's health is very stark, mitt romney has the most extreme views really of any modern times presidential nominee when it comes to women's reproductive health, when it comes to making sure that women have economic equity. he still won't say whether he would sign the lilly ledbetter fair pay act into law. women lose $431,000 over their professional life by not getting equal pay for equal work. it's real money and at the end of the day when women go cast their ballot in the ballot box, president obama will have a doubl
stops in the buckeye state as the latest poll shows him trailing obama by five points. >> go out there and find some people, bring them to the polls. by the way if someone doesn't have a ride to the polls, help them get to the polls. we need to make sure ohio is going to send a message loud and clear, we want real change, we want big change, we're ready. this is our time. >> and obama trying to explain donald trump telling leno how that storied rivalry really began. >> this all dates back to when we were growing up together in kenya. >> yeah. we had, you know, constant run-ins on the soccer field. you know he wasn't very good. >> right. >> resented it. >> yeah, yeah. >> good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. and we're following all of the action in a presidential contest that is basically tied. today, the candidates are scrambling. a big name makes an anticipated endorsement. talking about republicans and rhetoric about rape. joining me now for our daily fix, chris cillizza, manager editor of postpolitics.com and writer ruth marcus. breaking news, "the washington post"
blitz. president obama scheduled to speak at a rally in we wat just minutes from now. the busiest single day today of his campaign. the president expected to canvass over 5,000 miles traveling from iowa to colorado to nevada to florida across country and back again. the president's primary mission, energize supporters and mobilize early voters. >> my plan will actually move america forward. it's not just a sales job. we joke. governor romney being all over the map, but it speaks to something important. it speaks of trust. you know me. you know i mean what i say. you know that i do what i say i'm going to do. >> speaking about being all over the map, romney will ping-pong back and forth between ohio and iowa the next three days. the republican nominee is casting the race as moving his way and a ground falling out from president team obama. >> these debates have super charged our campaign. there's no question about it. we're seeing more and more enthusiasm, more and more support. we've gone through four debates with the vice presidential debate and my debates. and we haven't heard an agend
, the romney campaign against president obama carries the scent of hell. john sununu, the top romney surrogate, barks at that lazy one in the white house who doesn't know how to be an american, who sarah palin mocks for shucking and jiving, and donald trump accuses again and again and again of being from kenya and playing monkey business with the country's economic numbers. you know, the same fellow romney says cheats on the welfare checks to feed his political base. the guy gingrich calls the food stamp president. listen to sununu last night yelling at former governor bill richardson to shut up saying general colin powell's political judgment is based on racial bias. trump offering a big bet the president won't show his student transcripts all to diminish the president's academic rise to editor of the harvard law review. yes, it's all directed at drumming up the blue collar white vote for the republican ticket and, yes, it smells. david corn is author of "the 47 percent" and joy reid is managing editor of the grio. both are msnbc political analysts. if the romney campaign is really winning, y
women and abortion, comments that brought a stronger view from president obama. let me remind you first exactly what mourdock said. >> i struggled with it myself for a long time, but i came to realize life is that gift from god, and i think even when life begins in the horrible situation of rape that it is something that god intended to happen. >> so in the aftermath the president mentioned the fight for women's health just last hour at a rally in florida and here he was last night on "the tonight show." >> rape is rape. it is a crime. and so these distinctions about rape don't make too much sense to me. don't make any sense to me. >> in a press conference yesterday mourdock did not apologize for what he said, but said his words were misinterpreted. >> so many people mistook, twisted, came to misunderstand the points that i was trying to make. >> but the obama campaign wants to remind voters that with this new video that mitt romney supports richard mourdock and, in fact, he even cut a tv ad in support of him. i want to bring in ann cornblut, politics editor for "the washington post," p
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